Penalties blight tricky WTCR début for Josh Files

After a year away from driving competitively, Josh Files made his World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) début this weekend at Motorland Aragón. However, with persistent car problems and a pair of time penalties, it wasn’t the most welcoming of returns to the sport.

Files’ difficulties began in qualifying when his Hyundai cut out prematurely after just a few flying laps. Having solved that problem, he was then plagued with clutch issues on Sunday.

The reigning TCR Europe champion crossed the line in sixteenth place in race one after a bruising encounter with Attila Tassi, before finishing twelfth in race two.

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But, after being accused by the stewards of illegally overtaking Tiago Monteiro at turn one, the Brit was handed a five-second time penalty, which dropped him down to fourteenth.

Race three marked a big improvement as Team Engstler got to grips with the mechanical issues plaguing his car, eventually finishing in eighth position.

However, excessive track limits abuse meant that another penalty was headed his way. After having ten seconds added to his total race time, Files’ eighth place was downgraded to tenth.

Overall though, the 29-year-old was largely competitive throughout the weekend; a sizeable feat considering how long he has been away from the track, and after having to learn how to handle Goodyear tyres instead of the Yokohamas that he would’ve been used to in other TCR series.

In his own words, Files said, “After yesterday’s qualifying drama, I think it’s gone not so bad.”

Question marks remain over whether he will be back in the car again for the season finale, with the decision hinging on whether or not Nicky Catsburg tests negative for Covid-19 in time.

Should that be the case, the Dutchman may have a claim to the seat as the team’s regular driver, but after an event like this one, Files will undoubtedly feel as though he has unfinished business with the WTCR.

Revised race two result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 96 Mikel AZCONA Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 10 21:23.600 2:07.194 1
2 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 10 2.990 2:07.235 4
3 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 10 3.499 2:07.272 7
4 17 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 4.613 2:06.881 5
5 30 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 5.949 2:07.214 3
6 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 10 9.362 2:07.956 12
7 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 10 11.538 2:07.484 11
8 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 13.770 2:07.735 8
9 8 Luca ENGSTLER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 16.926 2:07.672 2
10 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 10 21.563 2:09.287 18
11 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 10 22.128 2:09.020 9
12 18 Tiago MONTEIRO ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 10 27.486 2:09.562 13
13 9 Attila TASSI ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 10 28.067 2:09.471 19
14 40 Josh FILES Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 28.449 2:09.297 16
15 1 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 10 31.219 2:07.055 21
16 15 Nicolas BAERT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 37.109 2:10.220 15
R 99 Gábor KISMARTY-LECHNER Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 8 DNF 2:10.106 20
R 31 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 DNF 2:08.979 17
R 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 5 DNF 2:07.661 6
R 34 Aurélien COMTE Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 3 DNF 2:09.520 14
R 55 Bence BOLDIZS Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 0 DNF N/A 10

Revised race three result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 11 Thed BJÖRK Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 14 LAPS 2:07.757 2
2 12 Santiago URRUTIA Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 0.565 2:08.219 3
3 30 Gabriele TARQUINI BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 6.783 2:08.012 8
4 17 Nathanaël BERTHON Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 8.240 2:08.129 4
5 16 Gilles MAGNUS Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 9.139 2:08.225 1
6 69 Jean-Karl VERNAY Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 14 10.159 2:08.670 5
7 96 Mikel AZCONA Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 14 10.751 2:08.538 10
8 31 Tom CORONEL Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 17.354 2:08.985 18
9 86 Esteban GUERRIERI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 14 23.807 2:09.104 19
10 40 Josh FILES Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 26.768 2:09.049 17
11 15 Nicolas BAERT Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 14 33.427 2:09.416 16
12 68 Yann EHRLACHER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 33.546 2:08.469 13
13 99 Gábor KISMARTY-LECHNER Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 14 40.712 2:09.968 21
14 100 Yvan MULLER Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR 14 59.064 2:08.932 7
15 55 Bence BOLDIZS Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición 14 1:36.471 2:08.017 12
16 1 Norbert MICHELISZ BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 12 + 2 LAPS 2:07.800 6
R 9 Attila TASSI ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 6 DNF 2:08.918 20
R 34 Aurélien COMTE Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 5 DNF 2:10.038 15
R 8 Luca ENGSTLER Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR 1 DNF N/A 9
R 29 Néstor GIROLAMI ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 0 DNF N/A 11
R 18 Tiago MONTEIRO ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 0 DNF N/A 14
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